I’ve had this little maidenhair fern in this terrarium for three years now! I put it on a bed of moss and bark with coal in the bottom to keep the water pure. I do add water once in a great while, to make sure it’s moist and happy. I know it wouldn’t survive our dry Maine winters without this micro-climate! I’m so happy it’s thriving!
On a side note, sometimes the life pictured on a blog is so simple, calm, and pretty…so, to post reality I took a picture of what was happening in the rest of the living room today: toys and books out and the boys playing legos ; )
This is some of the illustration work I did for the Spring issue of Daughters of Promise magazine! I had so much fun working on each of the illustrations! It was great to have a spring palette on my desk in the middle of January and to be painting songbirds and butterflies on the coldest days of winter ; ) The cover art with spring flowers and a tiger swallowtail got the project started. The spring issue was STORY – so the renewal, rebirth, and transformation of nature in spring tied in beautifully with the narative of our life stories. Those thoughts prompted a late night session that produced a girl reading *her story* and the way the birds and flowers coming out of the story are also who she is at the same time…my kind of art/poetry I guess ; ) It’s so exciting to see an idea and painting become printed and part of a publication! I did the opening and closing page illustrations, 6 title page illustrations for the catagories, and a coloring page of a garden/landscape that covers two pages. Such a great collaboration of writers, editors, illustrators, and artists – so much fun to be a part of!
We have friends who just raised their first pack of puppies! These jointed paper dolls are patterned after them and their momma husky – they are free printable downloads for the Boy and Dog and the Girl and Puppies – Enjoy!
This is how my desk usually looks when I’m painting. This is the way I like to have my water, paints, and brushes set-up. I may reference pictures of real flowers/animals/etc. – so my phone is handy for looking those up. I have errasors, pens, pencils, paper towel, etc. in the assorted containers.
And, this is the rest of my “studio” space – my bedroom ; ) I have an ironing station because I do all of My Babes shirts and pants – he likes to dress professionally for work! We spend time up here in the evenings after the boys go to bed. He reads the news or listens to Old Time radio in bed, while I draw, paint, journal, etc. at my desk.
The best feature of this room is our his and hers clossets! He installed those organizer shelves/racks so all our clothes can hang or be folded neatly – so great to have plenty of space for my wardrobe and I don’t have to share it with anyone ; )
Dreaming of spring…it will be a few more weeks before the snow even starts to melt properly and these flowers can have a chance to start growing! I’ll know the time is near when the ladybugs start coming out from their winter hideaways – they cram into the nooks and crannies for winter and then when it warms up enough they come out – I always get a bunch congregating in the window of my bedroom – don’t know how they find their way inside! I collect them in a jar and bring them outside to release them. They’re a beneficial bug – they eat aphids and other parasitic insects.
The next flower I made out of crepe paper is this waterlily! I was super excited to try this one – I finally got a set of floral tape in botanical hues so that I don’t have an unnaturally green stem ; ) I used tissue wrapped around the stem wires to make them thicker – like the fleshy stems on real waterlilies.
One of my favorite things to see besides the flowers themselves, are the buds just beginning to open! So, I created this bud with the sepals just starting to pop – revealing the white petals inside! I can hardly wait till these fragrant flowers are blooming in my own bathtub water garden this summer!
The Nymphea odorata is native to New England. It’s a lovely, fragrant, water lily. The leaves and flowers float on the water from long stems rooted at the bottom of the ponds. (I’m lucky enough to have one for my bathtub water garden!)
Just having fun with flower shapes and colors! March is a funny month in Maine. It’ll be warm and sunny and all the snow will melt away, then the next day two more feet of snow will drop in a storm! Yesterday we were sitting in the car, it was a nice sunny day, then there were little balls of hail falling everywhere for a minute, then the sun came back out!
This is my first commissioned pets portrait – a dear lady wanted me to paint her guinea pigs! They are adorable – even if I do say so myself! I painted them with their favorite flowers: daisies, clover, and dandelions ; )
A few more sketchbook pages here…all my extra ideas go into my sketchbooks. If I dont know what to paint next, I flip through for inspiration – it often generates more ideas!
I’m so excited to see my illustration I made for the spring issue of Daughters Of Promise magazine! It was so much fun to work on…I can’t wait till the printed cover lands in my mailbox!!!
Here is the original illustration done in watercolors and ink: I love these spring colors! The swallowtail catarpiller is there along with the butterfly to show the story of transformation and growth.
Of course, I could only show peeks of what I was working on back in January…and I look forward to revealing the rest of the project soon! Stay tuned ; )